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CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2008 Mazda CX-7 has numerous reports filed with the NHTSA about engine & A/C problems, continuing these defect trends from the 2007 model year.

Owners report problems with the 2008 CX-7's Variable Valve Timing (VVT) & timing chain failing, causing major damage to the engine — Mazda uses an interference design so typically the valves are bent & the entire engine needs to be replaced. Mazda dealers typically quote $9,000 for an engine replacement.

There is also a trend of the turbo failing at low mileage.

Finally for the 2008 CX-7 there is a clear pattern of A/C compressor failure at relatively low mileage. Owners report smoke & occasionally the serpentine belt catches fire when the A/C compressor clutch seizes while driving. Mazda extended the A/C warranty to 60,000 miles, however many owners report their A/C compressor failed very soon after the 60k mark.

In 2011, Mazda began a "Special Service Program" that extended the warranty to 7 years/70,000 miles covering turbocharger oil leaks & excessive timing chain noise — an early sign of timing chain failure. However coverage under the program requires perfect documentation of all required maintenance with other stipulations. Buyer beware.

4.6

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,836 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2008 Mazda CX-7 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2008 Mazda CX-7 Owner Comments

problem #11

Oct 242016

CX-7

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2008 Mazda Cx-7. the contact recieved notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V356000 (air bags). The part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Victoria, VA, USA

problem #10

Jul 012016

CX-7

  • miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2008 Mazda Cx-7. the contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V356000 (air bags); however, the parts to do the repair were unavailable. The manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Lancaster, OH, USA

problem #9

Jul 202016

CX-7

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Mazda Cx-7. the contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 16V356000 (air bags) and 16V593000 (suspension). The part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Clermont, FL, USA

problem #8

May 252016

CX-7

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Takata recall. The contact owns a 2008 Mazda Cx-7. the contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 16V356000 (air bags) and 16V593000 (suspension) however, the part to do the repairs were not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #7

Jun 302016

CX-7

  • 94,000 miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2008 Mazda Cx-7. while driving various speeds and also while in park, the air bag warning indicator illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 16V356000 (air bags); however, the part needed to repair the vehicle was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The failure mileage was 94,000. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Quincy, MA, USA

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problem #6

Jul 152016

CX-7

  • miles
Takata recall lack of replacement parts prohibits use passenger seats until parts are available. This places an undue burden on vehicle owners and limits the passenger carrying capacity under which the vehicle was sold. Going against this mandate impacts terms of vehicle insurance policy. Mazda or takata must pay for leaner vehicle equal to the ones impacted by this recall.

- College Station, TX, USA

problem #5

Jul 292016

CX-7

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Takata recall. The contact owns a 2008 Mazda Cx-7. the contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V356000 (air bags); however, the part was unavailable to perform the repair. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- North Haven, CT, USA

problem #4

Oct 302015

CX-7

  • 98,000 miles
Air bag warning light intermittantly remains illuminated. During some travel it does not light up, other times it comes on while driving and stays on.

- Cynthiana, KY, USA

problem #3

Jul 062015

CX-7

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Mazda Cx-7. the contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign numbers: 15V345000 (air bags) and 15V382000 (air bags). The part needed was unavailable to perform the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Drexel Hill, PA, USA

problem #2

Nov 012014

CX-7 4-cyl

  • 60,200 miles
Passenger airbag light comes on when the ignition is turned on and stays on..indicator stays on whether a passenger is on the seat or not..this can last for several days and eventually disappears..this has happen two or three times..I bought the car 4 months ago.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #1

Mar 012009

CX-7

  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Mazda CX7. While driving at approximately 50 mph, the air bag light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership to routine maintenance and the dealer turned off the light at that time. The contact then stated that the air bag light illuminated again and the vehicle was taken back to the dealership where the contact was informed that the failure was caused by a loose connection pin. The air bag light illuminated again and the contact had an appointment with the dealer at the time of the complaint. The failure mileage was approximately 10,000. The current mileage was approximately 46,000.

- Alvarado, TX, USA

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